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Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about ACU’s Protocols

  1. Regardless of vaccination, students who test positive or are exposed should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. ACU’s Medical Clinic or the student’s health provider will instruct the student concerning medical care. If a student is instructed to isolate, they may return home or the university may provide space for them.
  2. A contact tracer from ACU will interview the student to assess if there are other people who may have been exposed.
  3. SOAR will notify faculty of a student’s need to isolate, and the expected duration of isolation.
  4. Students will work with their faculty to identify the best method for fulfilling their course obligations during their isolation. 
  5. Students must complete and submit Daily Symptom Monitoring Forms to the ACU Medical Clinic while in isolation.
  1. If you know or suspect you had close contact with someone who tested positive, you should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. Exposure may also be determined through contact tracing by an ACU contact tracer. 
  2. The student is notified of exposure and instructed to quarantine by the ACU contact tracer. Quarantine may take place in the student’s residence hall. 
  3. SOAR will notify faculty of a student’s need to quarantine and the expected duration of quarantine.
  4. Students will work with their faculty to identify the best method for fulfilling their course obligations during their quarantine. Students should communicate with faculty prior to being absent from in-person class and throughout the quarantine period so appropriate accommodations can be made.
  5. Students must complete and submit Daily Symptom Monitoring Forms to the ACU Medical Clinic while in quarantine.
  1. Regardless of vaccination, faculty who test positive or are exposed should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. ACU’s Medical Clinic or the faculty’s health provider will instruct the employee concerning medical care.
  2. ACU will assist the faculty member in determining if others may have been exposed.
  3. Faculty should coordinate with their department chair regarding plans for their classes during the isolation period.
  1. If you know or suspect you had close contact with someone who tested positive, you should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. Exposure may also be determined through contact tracing by ACU. 
  2. ACU will provide the faculty member with quarantine instructions, if applicable. 
  3. Faculty should coordinate with their department chair regarding plans for their classes during the quarantine period.
  1. Regardless of vaccination, staff members who test positive or are exposed should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. ACU’s Medical Clinic or the employee’s health provider will instruct the employee. 
  2. ACU will assist the staff member in determining if others may have been exposed.
  3. Staff with mild or no symptoms should communicate with their supervisor to determine whether their job allows for remote work. If so, they may be eligible to work remotely during isolation.
  1. If you know or suspect you had close contact with someone who tested positive, you should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. Exposure may also be determined through contact tracing by ACU.
  2. ACU will provide the staff member with quarantine instructions, if applicable.
  3. Staff should communicate with their supervisor to determine whether their job allows for remote work. If so, they may be eligible to work remotely during quarantine.
  1. If you know or suspect you had close contact with someone who tested positive, you should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form. Exposure may also be determined through contact tracing by ACU.
  2. If a vaccinated individual is determined to have been exposed, they will not be instructed to quarantine. 
  3. The CDC recommends that vaccinated individuals monitor symptoms, wear a mask indoors and be tested three to five days after exposure. 

If a faculty, staff, or student believes they may have been exposed off campus, they should submit the COVID-19 Notification Form and await further instruction from an ACU contact tracer or the ACU Medical Clinic. 

All instructors and students – regardless of vaccination status – are required to wear face coverings in classrooms, labs, studios and other instructional spaces, and indoor Chapel gatherings through Sept. 24. All other common interior spaces on campus remain mask-optional.

ACU’s Emergency Response Team is meeting regularly to review data, benchmarks and community spread. If the situation warrants, ACU’s protocols may be adjusted as necessary.

Questions about Vaccination

The ACU Medical Clinic currently has the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. They are administered in accordance with federal and state guidance as part of our plan to keep our students, faculty and staff safe from COVID-19. All current students, faculty and staff can make an appointment online via the Patient Portal. Spouses and dependents can schedule appointments by calling the ACU Medical Clinic at 325-674-2625.

The Abilene Taylor County Public Health District scheduling form is open for anyone who wants to receive the vaccine, and the Pfizer vaccine is available at no cost at many Abilene pharmacies. Visit vaccines.gov to find more local options.

Vaccination can protect you from getting ill, and also spare your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers from the dangers of this disease. It will take all of us to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. When enough people are vaccinated, the spread from person-to-person becomes less frequent and increases the protection of the whole community. We need as many people as possible to be vaccinated to achieve this “community immunity.” Please see this guidance from the CDC on possible side effects after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. 

It could take approximately two weeks after your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or your single (only) dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine for it to have its full impact on your body.  The CDC has further  guidance on how to protect yourself and others for those who have been fully vaccinated.

No. Vaccination is voluntary, but strongly encouraged.

The vaccine is free. If you have health insurance, the vaccine provider may bill the insurance carrier an administrative fee. If you do not have insurance, the vaccine provider may seek administrative reimbursement through funding made available via the federal CARES Act program. The ACU Medical Clinic will not charge an administrative fee.

Visit acu.edu/coronavirus, Texas Dept. of State Health Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information and ongoing updates about COVID-19 and the vaccine.

If you have further questions, please contact covidquestions@acu.edu.